Washington portrait first of many highlights in NHADA auction Feb. 28


Portrait of George Washington by an unknown artist, oil on board, circa 1840, 13¾ x 12in. Estimate: $4,500-$5,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA), one of the largest organizations of its kind, consists of nearly 300 knowledgeable members dedicated to integrity and fairness in all business dealings. The NHADA has teamed up with Jasper52 to present an auction Thursday, Feb. 28, featuring items consigned solely by members of the prestigious trade organization. Jasper52 helps select auction houses, dealers, galleries and now associations to conduct themed auctions whose goods are vetted by auctioneers and appraisers. Absentee and live online bidding for all Jasper52 auctions is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

This 367-lot auction has many highlights starting with a skillfully executed oil on board portrait of George Washington by an unknown 19th-century artist. The framed 13¾-by-12-inch portrait is after Gilbert Stuart’s unfinished Atheneum portrait of the nation’s first president (est. $4,500-$5,500).

A large Navajo Germantown rug woven in the 1890s exhibits great color, no fading and good edges. This exceptional rug has large bull’s-eye diamonds, a running arrowhead border and a lattice motif. The rug is in extremely good condition with a few, small old quality repairs (est. $6,500-$8,500).


Large Navajo Germantown rug, circa 1890s, 86½in. x 63in. wide. Estimate: $6,500-$8,500. Jasper52 image

Figural weather vanes are trademark fixtures of New England barns and the NHADA auction has five examples – two in metal and three in wood. The oldest is a circa 1870 vane of molded copper in the form of a horse and rider. Made in New England and sourced from a private collection in Pennsylvania, this imposing form measures 26 by 26 inches and comes with a wall mount and table base (est. $13,500-$15,000).


Molded and pierced copper weathervane, circa 1870, 26 x 26in. Estimate: $13,500-$15,000. Jasper52 image

In an era before many people could read, merchants would hang figural signs representing their products from their storefronts. The tradition of displaying figural trade signs continued into the early 20th century. A fine example featured the NHADA auction is in the form of a large carved wooden pocket knife from Freeport, Maine. Its crazed surface is original (est. $750-$850).


Wooden knife trade sign, circa 1940, Maine, 27in wide x 20 in. tall. Estimate: $750-$850. Jasper52 image

A popular activity during the long, snowy New England winters is sledding. Before the introduction of the mass-produced steerable sleds like the Flexible Flyer in 1889, handmade sleds having fixed runners ruled the slopes. An excellent example of the latter dates to the 1880s. It is a sleek Yankee clipper-type having great original painted graphics that includes the Shield of the United States on a checkerboard background (est. $11,000-$13,000).


Yankee clipper-type sled, circa 1880, 52in. long x 13¼ in. wide x 4¾ in high,
outstanding condition, no repairs or restorations, no additions to paint. Estimate: $11,000-$13,000. Jasper52 image

Another classic symbol of the United States in the auction is a 42-inch-tall carved wood Statue of Liberty, which was used as a mold. Found in Ohio, the statue has never been painted. Having a highly detailed face, hair and robe, this Lady Liberty is a rare and pleasing form to survive commercial use (est. $4,000-$4,500).


Lady Liberty carved in the round, wood, circa 1890-1920, 42in. tall, mounted on a wood base for display. Estimate: $4,000-$4,500. Jasper52 image

Additional treasures in this large auction include quilts, hooked rugs, toleware and needlework samplers.

The NHADA auction of Americana and folk art will take place Thursday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

The NHADA also sponsors the annual New Hampshire Antiques Show, which features 67 of the country’s finest antique dealers. The 2019 edition will be held Aug. 8-10 in Manchester, N.H. Visit the NHADA website at www.nhada.org.